OEL Certification can be used as a minor
Outdoor Education and Leadership, Undergraduate Certificate
The Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) Outdoor Education & Leadership (OEL) emphasis/minor/certificate is a program that has incredible partnerships, integrated curriculum and allows for a more student-centered approach to learning. This innovative and unique program spans the gap between a traditional educational program and an experiential learning opportunity where students walk away with the real-world skills and certifications needed to excel in the field of Outdoor Education and Leadership.
Requirements Accordion Open
To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.
Overview Accordion Closed
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
The Outdoor Education and Leadership (OEL) certificate prepares and certifies students for careers in experiential education, risk management, environmental ethics, and programming within the private, non-profit, and public sectors of outdoor-leisure services. Students establish a background in program assessment, budgeting, planning, pedagogical design, teaching/leading/facilitating, and risk management as it relates to all sectors of outdoor-leisure services. Coursework provides students with professional preparation focusing on concepts and philosophies involved in organizing outdoor programs, designing experienced-based curricula, and safely facilitating educational and transformative nature-based experiences. In successfully completing this certificate, students will earn nationally recognized certifications in wilderness medicine and environmental ethics. Students will have the ability to integrate the full spectrum of skills through a hands-on project where they will plan, assess, budget, and enact a multi-week field expedition. This program is well suited for students who wish to gain leadership skills while working in an outdoor environment. Students who complete this certificate will be able to design, plan, assess, and safely execute outdoor-based programs and events for a wide variety of groups.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Make critical decisions related to injury and illness prevention, assessment, treatment, and evacuation of patient(s), through application of wilderness first responder training, in response to medical and outdoor emergencies, while in wilderness and other remote backcountry settings.
- As measured by the PRM 216 Final Written exam and Hands-On Patient Assessment Evaluation and the PRM 431 Final Field Evaluation.
- Implement the basic hard and soft skills necessary to competently lead others in outdoor environments of the Southwest with a focus on canyon terrain.
- As measured by the PRM 431 Final Field Evaluation.
- Develop experiential curriculum lesson plans and effectively deliver to a pre-determined audience in a wilderness environment.
- As measured by the PRM 352 Lesson Planning Assignments as well as the Field Micro-teach and Field Nugget Teach.
- Lead Leave No Trace Trainer Courses and Awareness Workshops within the standards of the Leave No Trace Master Educator certification.
- As measured by the PRM 411 LNT Action Plan, written research paper, and delivery of an LNT principle in the field.
- Engage in an in-depth case study of an outdoor non-profit organization and for-profit company.
- As measured by the PRM 452 Program Field Trips Assignments and Program Field Trips Case Studies Assignments.
- Finally, given the above measures, students will have developed a personal signature leadership style that is situationally appropriate for effectively leading others in a backcountry setting.
Details Accordion Closed
This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Under both circumstances, federal financial aid can be used for this certificate.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.
Students enrolled in this plan may not enroll in or pursue the following due to the number of overlapping units:
- Parks and Recreation Management students interested in Outdoor Education and Leadership should seek the Parks and Recreation Management - Outdoor Education and Leadership - Emphasis.
The OEL PRM Progression
Class prerequisite requirements for Spring Block Semester Accordion Closed
- PRM 331 - Outdoor Leadership
- Or similar course work such as: NOLS, Outward Bound, or Wilderness Education Association course with instructor approval.
- PRM 216 - Wilderness First Responder medical certification
- Or higher medical certifications such as : WEMT, EMT, or OEC with instructor approval.
- Declaring the Outdoor Education & Leadership Undergraduate Certificate in LOUIE
The OEL PRM Spring Block Semester Accordion Closed
- PRM 352 - Experiential Process in Outdoor Recreation
- PRM 431 - Outdoor Leadership and Expedition Planning
- Note: PRM 431 has a 17- day field-based component
- PRM 452 - Outdoor Program Assessment
- PRM 411 - Leave No Trace Master Educator
Note: Additional coursework outside of these listed courses during the semester block are NOT ADVISED. Exceptions to this may be requested through advisement once your application has been approved. Examples of possible exceptions could include: Concurrent enrollment in PRM 216 or other 1st 8 week courses that do not conflict with block field time during the second 8 weeks.